When discussing which monitor to buy
, the main factors to take into consideration are generally response time, resolution, size and price. Very few of you, I would imagine, take the time to worry about what material your monitor is made out of.
PlayEngine, however, were worried about what material your monitors were composed of. With global warming looming they have endeavoured to produce a monitor that is far more ‘environmentally friendly’ - a monitor made out of bamboo
. Here’s what they had to say:
“Bamboo is one of the world's fastest growing plants on the planet, there are over 1200 species, they can regenerate faster than wood and is typically harvested within 6 to 12 months. The growth period of bamboo is short - it will become mature in three years. Bamboo does not require replanting when harvested, it has a mature root system that sends up roots for decades so forests are not harmed.
Bamboo can be reused, decomposed, yet it will not generate harmful materials. With a positive impact on our environment Bamboo truly is one of the world's renewable sources. Bamboo also helps reduce carbon dioxide gases and mitigates water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.”
The TFT monitors come in three different sizes - 15”, 17” and 19” - and are priced between £239 and £323. For those who would like to go the whole hog and have a complete bamboo work desk you can also pick up the bamboo mouse
and bamboo keyboard
to go with it.
The idea of involving wood with computing is not a new one - check out Nick Falzone's excellent Sangaku case mod
- but the bamboo monitor is the first that we have seen of its kind to be sold at retail. With all the appropriate safety regulations from the EU passed, there is apparently no risk of the monitor setting on fire. Just make sure that your pet panda doesn’t get near it, eh?
Bamboo monitors – novel joke or serious innovation? You tell us, over in the forums.